Sitting out, not injured hand, more painful for Jimmy Alapag: ‘That hurts 10 times more than my hand’
Not when the former PBA MVP was sidelined with a heavily-wrapped injured hand, forced to miss out on the action right when his team needed it most.
He admitted that, no matter how painful the injury was, it was sitting out that bothered him more.
“I might have broken a bone in my hand. It feels like I can’t hold the ball. It’s a little bit painful. It’s more painful I can’t go out there with the guys. Close game,” Alapag told sportswriters after the game....
The Alaska Aces continued to assert their place among the league’s best as they advanced to the finals for the third straight time – and the fourth in five conferences – after a 76-70 triumph over the Meralco Bolts in a do-or-die Game 5 in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Calvin Abueva led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds while Chris Banchero also played a key role, finishing with 18 points, three rebounds and four assists from off the bench.
Import Rob Dozier had a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds as well in the win....
When Meralco point guard Jimmy Alapag came out of retirement to join the Bolts prior to this season, he probably did not expect them to win just one of 11 games en route to an early exit in the Philippine Cup, his first conference back as a player.
It didn’t take the team long to erase the bitterness of that campaign, though, as they bounced back strong in the ongoing Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup, where they are now a win away from reaching the championship round for the first time in the history of the franchise.
“I couldn’t be happier for the team. The credit goes to the players, the coaches, for such a big turnaround from last conference. But again, the job isn’t done yet,” Alapag said....
The Alaska Aces target to march on to the championship round as they seek to finish off the Meralco Bolts in Game Four of their best-of-five Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series on Monday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. live on TV5.
Alaska, currently up 2-1 in the series, is looking to notch back-to-back wins to set up a date with Rain or Shine in the finals....
Black even went on to say the performance wasn’t worthy of a win.
“The first half was OK. We played pretty well and we played competitively. The second half was horrible and lazy. We didn’t get back on defense and turned the ball too much,” he said. “If you’re going to play basketball like that this late in the season, you don’t deserve to win.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||1||10||0.091||12th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||7th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|